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    Default **Team CandlePowerForums** for SETI@home !

    I am pleased to announce the creation of team CandlePowerForums.com at SETI@home.

    The link to our team is here:
    http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/team_...?teamid=159664

    "Flashlight enthusiasts from the greatest flashlight community on the Internet."

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    For those who are unfamiliar with the SETI@home project, their website is here:
    http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/sah_about.php

    They have been active in distributed computing & SETI for the past 15+ years.

    The short version is that their software takes advantage of unused CPU cycles from your home computer(s) to run the minimal SETI@home software.
    This software mathematically analyzes the vast amount of radio data from the Arecibo radio telescope, for the search for extraterrestrial life.

    The software can run as a screensaver, set to run only when the computer isn't being actively operated; or can be run continuously (& has minimal impact on a relatively fast system), so it can be either completely discreet or as aggressive as you'd like it to be.
    Please refrain from installing their software on computers you don't own or have the complete rights to (i.e. work-related computers etc), as this usually runs afoul of user privileges and/or employment policies.

    You can even use your Android smartphone - my 8-core Samsung S6 is faster than any computer I have at home (or even at work) and completes more work units than my two laptops at home, combined.

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    I am the team Admin; for those interested in joining:

    1. You can install the software here: http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/index.php
    2. Then, (or if you're already a SETI@home participant): From the 'team page', click "Join this team" and you're all set. Edit: Please note there is an inactive "CPF" team with no activity for ~10+ years - even the admin isn't available. Please don't join that team.


    If your SETI@home account name is your 'True Name' (), it is very straightforward to edit your S@H account information to utilize, say, your CPF username instead - this is what I did BTW.
    ... for example, "Kestrel":
    http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/show_...serid=10274600


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    I know that we as a community have some very good computer hardware; let's see if we can make CandlePowerForums one of the leading SETI@home teams.


    And we can even get cool new sigline images. I will 'host' the team aggregate credits & ranking in my sigline;
    However, individual users can also host their own specific sigline image; for example:
    Last edited by Kestrel; 03-08-2016 at 09:52 AM.

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    Second post to contain additional information as needed.

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    Historical info: (team ranking - total credits)
    Day 001 (Feb 23): 16th percentile
    Day 002 (Feb 24): 26th percentile (+10)
    Day 004 (Feb 26): 34th percentile (+8)
    Day 008 (Mar 01): 41st percentile (+7)
    Day 016 (Mar 09): 54th percentile (+13)
    Day 032 (Mar 25): 82nd percentile (+28)
    Day 064 (Apr 26): 92nd percentile (+10)
    Day 128 (Jun 29): 95.5% (+2.5)
    Day 256 (Nov 04):
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    Background reading:

    Last edited by Kestrel; 06-29-2016 at 03:30 PM. Reason: updates

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    I'm in. I'll dedicate a raspberry Pi to it but I'm down to my last Pi.

    For those wanting to use a spare Pi
    http://burdeview.blogspot.com.au/p/r...eated.html?m=1
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-24-2016 at 11:39 AM. Reason: corrected thread title - my error

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    I'm in.

    I just requested to Join team CPF [Edit: CandlePowerForums - Kestrel] when I created the account, but just FYI, I'm sending you a PM with info now.
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-24-2016 at 12:06 PM. Reason: correction/clarification - my error, see post #7
    Who needs to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have friends on CPF?
    My flashlight videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...9TIYcGeuBXa5m0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Floppy View Post
    I'm in. I'll dedicate a raspberry Pi to it but I'm down to my last Pi.

    For those wanting to use a spare Pi
    http://burdeview.blogspot.com.au/p/r...eated.html?m=1
    Great idea! I just receieved a spare Pi2 B. I bet I could run it while it's dedicated to a IoT project i plan on developing
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-24-2016 at 11:56 AM. Reason: corrected thread title - my error

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    Edit: Correction:
    To join a team, visit its team page and click Join this team.
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-24-2016 at 11:42 AM.

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    Argh! All this ground work and I miss something. It looks like there is an idle team "CPF" from 1999, with no active members.
    Even the team admin has been inactive for a very long time, so there isn't even a way to administer it.

    Please note that this is the "CandlePowerForums.com" team, please join this one ...
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-24-2016 at 11:41 AM.

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    Who needs to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have friends on CPF?
    My flashlight videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...9TIYcGeuBXa5m0

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartko09 View Post
    Great idea! I just receieved a spare Pi2 B. I bet I could run it while it's dedicated to a IoT project i plan on developing
    Those instructions were for the armv6 version. You may need to compile it yourself for the armv7 pi2.

    Alternatively, I have an old android phone. It's got a 600Mhz snapdragon. I might see how NativeBOINC goes on it. Probably take a week for one work unit but low power at least. Plan is to use solar power and hope the battery lasts through the night

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Floppy View Post
    Those instructions were for the armv6 version. You may need to compile it yourself for the armv7 pi2. [...]
    I did come across this thread in the SETI@home forums; perhaps it may provide some info ...
    Building seti app for the Raspberry Pi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Floppy View Post
    Those instructions were for the armv6 version. You may need to compile it yourself for the armv7 pi2.
    Sorry, to be clear, armv6 is backwards compatible on the Pi2. It could just work anyway

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    I just signed up.
    Got it on my work computer, because it's a better spec than my home desktop which I almost never use anyway.

    ~Daniel
    Have torch, will travel.

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    Looks interesting. I may have a old PC I can throw online and let it run this. I am curious, will this "screensaver" interfere with spyware or malware software?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8stroke View Post
    Looks interesting. I may have a old PC I can throw online and let it run this. I am curious, will this "screensaver" interfere with spyware or malware software?
    Definitely no sin using an old PC, one of my computers is an old Dell 1.6ghz laptop which is chugging merrily away on this, 24-7.

    I don't really have an answer to your question though; the software is very minimal and if you don't look for it there really isn't much of a difference when the system is running it. I haven't seen any evidence or comments as to any associated interference (good or bad).

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    It's been a long time since I participated in seti@home. What the hey, I'm in and bringing over 18000 credits with me. I'm amazed I was able to figure out what login I used back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whill44 View Post
    It's been a long time since I participated in seti@home. What the hey, I'm in and bringing over 18000 credits with me. I'm amazed I was able to figure out what login I used back then.
    Fantastic; just a FYI although your personal S@H account retains the older credits, they do not transfer to the new team - it's just new credits completed going forward.

    Like you I had an older account and ran a serious number of workunits back in 2001-2002 w/ a first-rate dual-processor workstation.
    Unfortunately despite my best attempts I could not pull up my old account; furthermore it was linked to an e-mail address with a domain name that doesn't exist anymore.

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    Happy to have the new folks on board.
    Last edited by Kestrel; 02-29-2016 at 12:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    FYI although your personal S@H account retains the older credits, they do not transfer to the new team - it's just new credits completed going forward.
    Don't that just figure. Oh well, I'm using a computer that never sleeps so there's that.

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    I'm up and running. I've got Avast antivirus on the comp I am using, no issues at all.

    The screen saver is kinda fascinating to watch

    Have torch, will travel.

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    Thanks DD, I am going to try and get my old one up and going with in the next few weeks. Tad busy around the house. That screen shot is pretty neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrafterDan View Post
    I'm up and running. I've got Avast antivirus on the comp I am using, no issues at all.

    The screen saver is kinda fascinating to watch

    Back in the day that screensaver was what you saw when running seti but in much more detail and colors non floating. It was mesmerizing to look at. When they went to Bionic it changed to this. I understand the reasons why but it kind of ruined it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whill44 View Post
    Back in the day that screensaver was what you saw when running seti but in much more detail and colors non floating. It was mesmerizing to look at. When they went to Bionic it changed to this. I understand the reasons why but it kind of ruined it for me.
    I agree that the older screensaver display was nice to look at, also that the new 3-D 'rotating' one is a bit annoying.

    It does look like there might be a few different screensaver options in the new software however.
    At the SETI@home website / Your Account / Preferences / SETI@home preferences / Edit preferences, there looks to be four different graphics preferences available; I'm wondering if any of these can provide a non-rotating display view?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    I agree that the older screensaver display was nice to look at, also that the new 3-D 'rotating' one is a bit annoying.

    It does look like there might be a few different screensaver options in the new software however.
    At the SETI@home website / Your Account / Preferences / SETI@home preferences / Edit preferences, there looks to be four different graphics preferences available; I'm wondering if any of these can provide a non-rotating display view?
    I did some testing and once you get to the graphics preferences you can zero out the vert. and horz. and it will sit still. But it doesn't look any better.

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    Ha. I brought my new imac and a old laptop on line for a while and managed to just get past DrafterDan (i think that's his name) to claim third and was seriously eyeballing badtziscool number two spot when I noticed Millguy entered the fray and is packing heat. I believe my days at third will be counted in the single digits. Of course it's all good there's no i in team.

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    Good lord Millguy is packing some heat. I think the only reason why I'm in 2nd is because I always leave my work comp on so it has a chance to do some good calculations during the night. Would it be considered an abuse of work equipment if I were to push out SETI to all of the computers at my work, including servers?
    Who needs to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you have friends on CPF?
    My flashlight videos: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...9TIYcGeuBXa5m0

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    Millguy moved to fourth. I can feel that warm breath on my neck!!!

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    Fantastic, happy to have the 'new' folks here. :-)

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    Hi guys. Thanks for the welcome! I had been out of SETI for a while, but when I saw CPF had a team, it peaked my interest again. Nice to be here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by millguy View Post
    Hi guys. Thanks for the welcome! I had been out of SETI for a while, but when I saw CPF had a team, it peaked my interest again. Nice to be here!
    I have this visual of you opening a door in the basement leading to a small secret room, flipping switches engaging the power supply, string routed around the wall of possible gray men sighting. Then finally activating the servers one by one as a ac unit whirls in the corner. The search is back ON!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whill44 View Post
    I have this visual of you opening a door in the basement leading to a small secret room, flipping switches engaging the power supply, string routed around the wall of possible gray men sighting. Then finally activating the servers one by one as a ac unit whirls in the corner. The search is back ON!
    That made me laugh out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badtziscool View Post
    Good lord Millguy is packing some heat. I think the only reason why I'm in 2nd is because I always leave my work comp on so it has a chance to do some good calculations during the night. Would it be considered an abuse of work equipment if I were to push out SETI to all of the computers at my work, including servers?


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